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I Am Not the Fine Man You Take Me For
Swearengen spends a sleepless night as a drunk wanders the deserted streets. Preparing for the day, Martha and Seth Bullock discuss whether the speeches will take place that night. He teases her about her tea, admitting he actually likes his "unusually strong." The teasing is sexually charged. "It's an easy thing to fix," she replies. Doc warns Alma that she needs surgery if she wants to avoid a miscarriage. Ellsworth is frightened for her, having lost his first wife and child in similar complications. Alma acquiesces and she and the doctor make their preparations.
The Catbird Seat
Trixie, Utter, Sol and Bullock gather pre-dawn in the Hardware store, while Tolliver and Swearengen independently wonder what they are up to. Al heads over to find out, running into Merrick who's come to show Al his article about Mrs. Ellsworth's shooting. Blazanov interrupts them with a telegram for Al, trumpeting the arrival of 23 guns hired by Hawkeye. But the news comes too soon on the heels of the message sent to Hawkeye and Al, not trusting the reply, is angry he allowed Adams to talk him into wiring Hawkeye for help.
Merrick and Blazanov deliver the day's edition of 'The Pioneer' to eagerly awaiting readers at the Grand Central and the Gem. Seth and Martha quarrel over her willingness to accept the theater troupe's delays for moving her school to a new location. "It seems you waked intent we quarrel," she accuses him, suggesting his mood may have had something to do with the previous night's meeting.
Full Faith and Credit
Early morning in Deadwood. The tubercular Doc Cochran checks on Cy Tolliver. Blazanov delivers a telegram to Jane from "Nigger General"; frightened by what it might contain, she runs off to Utter to have it read. And Mrs. Ellsworth officially opens the Bank of Deadwood. Meanwhile, John Langrishe falls into step with Joanie Stubbs to inquire about buying the Chez Ami for his use as a theater. "Perhaps you'd consider f**kin yourself," is her reply.
As Deadwood is overrun by Hearst's men, Bullock issues contingency plans to Martha. Wu, caught in a Pinkerton stampede, delivers a cryptic message to Swearengen; it takes Burns, of all people, to decipher it. Barrett makes Merrick pay for embarrassing Hearst in The Pioneer; Morgan Earp calls out one of the "Pistoleros"; Commissioner Jarry arrives from Yankton to solicit Hearst; Aunt Lou gets some bad news; and Joannie survives an encounter with her former boss. As night falls, Langrishe mines Deadwood's talent pool with an amateur-night performance in front of his future theater, financed in part by a loan from Alma's bank.
Tell Him Something Pretty
Voting day dawns in Deadwood. Utter wakes Hearst to tell him a casket's arrived with his name on it - with a body inside. "Evidently not mine," Hearst retorts. But Utter continues to provoke him, telling him he doesn't like his tone, and next time he'd better change it. Hearst, amazed at Utter's gall, closes the door in his face. In the empty theater, Langrishe reviews the state of tensions in the camp, and whether it should prevent their debut, as Claudia listens.
A Contstant Throb
Doc Cochran chastises Cy for abrading his healing wound, as he attends to him. Hearst has breakfast with Jarry. The Langrishe troupe rehashes the Amatuer Night talent. As Alma walks to the bank, a gun shot is fired in her direction. Swearengen and Utter rush to escort her to safety at the Gem. Al orders Utter to wire Bullock (gone to campaign in Sturgis), summons Trixie to watch over Alma, and dispatches Adams to guard the schoolhouse and Dority to fetch Mr. Ellsworth.
A Two-Headed Beast
Tolliver interrupts Stapleton, playing 'Captain' with the breasts of a voluptuous Bella Union whore. Cy is looking for an underling to represent him in his dealings with Hearst, mimicking Swearengen's approach. Stapleton recuses himself, as he's in the midst of a "spasm of sex interest," having had his urges awakened by Claudia. Cy agrees he's of no use at the moment. Hearst tries to discern Adams' loyalty to Swearengen, and whether he can win it away. In the end, all Hearst offers is a message that Turner demands Adams take to Dority: "Tell your friend I know he's afraid of me." Steve washes himself outside the Number Ten Saloon, scrubbing off the spittoon contents that Nuttall poured on his head. It's a big day for Steve -- the livery deal signing -- and Nuttall wants Steve to comport himself with respect.
A Rich Find
Hearst, having spent the night in jail, demands of Utter if Bullock actually thinks he's accomplished something. Utter feigns discovering the dead Cornish in the cell adjacent, and wonders aloud if it's Hearst's knife. Bullock tells Martha over breakfast that "things fell apart" regarding Hostetler and Hearst the night before. Swearengen interrupts their discussion, calling on the Sheriff to find out why he arrested Hearst. He warns Bullock that having lost Turner, and now being humiliated by his jailing, Hearst will be on the war path and "we who will be his wrath's object ought to stay close and confide. Our alternative is flight." Bullock agrees flight is not appealing, as Martha, pleased, listens from the stairwell.
Aunt Lou worries while Hearst meets with Odell, who seeks assistance with a gold find in Liberia. Odell shows Hearst an assay report and a sample of the ore, explaining he's authorized to seek partnership as first deacon of his congregation. Noting liquor on Odell's breath, Hearst asks if the congregation has loose rules about drink. Showing gold, thousands of miles from its "purported source," doesn't impress, Hearst tells him. It seems a slipshod approach to fleecing him. Odell takes umbrage, and Hearst calms him to continue their discussion.
Tell Your God to Ready for Blood
As Swearengen surveys the deserted thoroughfare from the Gem balcony, Dority warns him things are headed toward a bloody outcome. "Absenting myself don't change your f**kin' instruction," Swearengen counters. Resigned, Dority heads back inside where three Cornishmen from Hearst's operation are heckled by a man making fun of their talk. When one of the Cornish reacts, the man shoots. Another man enters, gun pulled. Dority chases the armed men out and orders the two Cornishmen to leave their dead friend. Burns, who's been watching from above, checks with Al, also watching, on where to stow the body. At home, Bullock nervously asks Martha if she'll review the campaign speech he's written. Deadwood's first elections are being held and tonight the candidates stumping for Mayor and Sheriff are to address the camp. Bullock accompanies Martha to the schoolhouse, now housed at the Chez Ami, and they run into Mr. Ellsworth, escorting Sofia to school before he completes his home decorating errands for his new bride Alma. Ellsworth comments on Bullock's pending meeting with Hearst, "If the chance comes up natural, stomp on the cocksucker's foot."
Trixie busts in on Al, accusing him of turning recluse. She's enraged that Alma is set to meet with Hearst, "the Lady's bright idea." Furthermore, she can't understand why Al seems to be caving to Hearst. They're interrupted by the arrival of a stage coach from San Francisco, carrying a dandified Wu as well as Hearst's nigger cook, Aunt Lou. A second wagon arrives with the flamboyant Jack Langrishe and his theatrical troupe, who Swearengen knows from Virginia City. Al orders Trixie to stay close to the Jew and to keep him apprised of the widow. Mrs. Ellsworth visits Doc Cochran, who rebukes her for not resting longer, though he admits she seems fully recovered. She takes offense at his concerns, assuming he finds her incapable of sound judgment. Hearst reminisces about Missouri with Aunt Lou as she tries to impose some standards on frontier life - like clean boots and peach cobbler. He assures her this place is rich.
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